Police State 2016: Activist Guide to the National Conventions

global police stateBy Derrick Broze

Cleveland and Philadelphia are spending millions of dollars to turn their cities into micro-police states in preparation for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

As the American public waits to discover which candidate will be anointed the new royalty for the Democratic and Republican parties, the cities of Cleveland and Philadelphia are prepping their cities for an onslaught of angry activists. The activists are coming from across the country with diverse ideologies, goals, and solutions. The one commonality among these activists is that they are sick of the status quo.

With their disgust, anger, frustration, and hope, activists will descend on Cleveland from July 18 to 21 for the Republican National Convention, and Philadelphia from July 25 to 28 for the Democratic National Convention. If you happen to live in either of these cities or are planning on attending as media or as a protester, you may want to educate yourself on the toys that the Cleveland and Philadelphia Police Department’s will be putting into use.

The Washington Post recently reported on the $50 million “security grant” that will be used to increase security around the city of Cleveland. Officials are not revealing all of the security devices which will be in use, but Cleveland is believed to be in possession of a Long Range Acoustical Device, or LRAD. The device emits a non-lethal sound that causes extreme pain to the ears and forces protesters to flee. Veteran activists will remember the devices from recent protests at the NATO convention, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and G-20 in Pittsburgh.

It has also been reported that Cleveland will have thousands of sets of riot armor and 2,000 Monadnock batons for officers. The city also requested 2,500 interlocking steel barriers from Tamis Corp., three horse trailers, 2,400 CamelBaks for hydration, 300 Volcanic Vx7 bicycles as well as 310 Bell Super bike helmets.

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At least one state has opted out from participating in security for the RNC, citing officer safety. A police department in North Carolina decided against sending 50 officers to the convention over concerns that Cleveland was not ready to handle the protests. Deputy Chief Ed Tomba assured the city that Cleveland police are prepared. He also stated that Cleveland police will not automatically wear riot gear unless necessary. Tomba told Cleveland.com that the officers will not be required to wear body cameras, but said he was “very very confident that for any issue or interaction with law enforcement, we will have a documented record of it.”

According to Wired, local and federal officials will block off a 3.3 square-mile “city within a city” dubbed the “Event Zone.” Security within this zone will be provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Secret Service. Another area called the “Hard Zone” will be accessible only by those with proper credentials.

The city of Philadelphia will face a similar situation as the DNC comes to town. Philadelphia was awarded a grant from the Department of Justice at a cost of $43 million. The funds will go towards security devices similar to those in Cleveland and towards enclosing the Wells Fargo Center and Xfinity Live! Auditorium with a large wall using “no-scale fencing.” Exact boundaries of the security perimeter have not been released. Meanwhile, pro-Bernie Sanders protesters have been granted security permits and are estimating up to 30,000 participants.

Expect to see both cities turn into ghost towns in the areas closest to the conventions as businesses are forced to close down and locals vacate the area in anticipation of violent clashes. In 2012 I went to Tampa Bay, Florida to cover the protests outside the RNC. Tampa Bay faced a similar situation with militarized police and large fencing surrounding parts of the city. In fact, I was temporarily detained by agents of the Department of Homeland Security simply for walking alongside the fence and filming it.

If you plan to attend the conventions as a reporter or as an activist it’s best to bring protective gear (helmet, elbow pads), a bandana to wipe away tear gas, goggles, and ear protection. No joke. If the recent conflicts between the followers of the Republican and Democratic parties are any indicator of what we can expect at the conventions, it is going to be one wild ride. Hopefully, when it’s all said and done, more people will have begun to question the importance and necessity of the two-party system. Hopefully, after the conventions end and the election fades, even more awakened hearts and minds will be ready to create a world without the need for leaders.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Derrick is available for interviews.

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15 Comments on "Police State 2016: Activist Guide to the National Conventions"

  1. The best thing to do is stay away from both coronation ceremonies and concentrate on doing things that will really help turn our lost nation around.

    • L. A. McDonough | June 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Reply

      Like what? This country’s future is zero. There are too few patriots to matter at this point. That generation is either dead or soon headed for the cemetery. Patriot activities, incl web sites and talk shows, for over five decades have utterly failed to produce any results in our favor. I am now retired and can attest to the fact that a steady decline since mid 20th century is known among the folks tuned in to globalist agendas. My parents generation produced zero in their fight to stop socialism/globalism, and my generation did almost nada. America is without hope.

      • Maybe we Boomers should all come together for one final march and protest. “The Geriatric (or Baby Boomer) March on Washington”.

        And yes, before we’re all dead and gone…

        • L. A. McDonough | June 22, 2016 at 6:31 pm | Reply

          The generations born after 1965 will have to pick up the slack, but it’s unlikely they will do anything since most are dumbed down by gov. education/ smart phone zombies/ so self absorbed to care.

          • Yeah, my little sister is one of them. And you described her perfectly.

          • L. A. McDonough | June 23, 2016 at 7:57 am |

            Bro and sister (ages 64 and 67) too self absorbed, social life priorities. I have little or no communication in years. I live 2000 mi. east of them, haven’t seen in decades. Parents gone. I only assoc. with folks with common interests incl. my tom cat!

      • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988 | June 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm | Reply

        “America is at that awkward stage; it’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”
        – Claire Wolfe, ‘101 Things to Do `Til the Revolution’ (1996)

        Many, many people are asking themselves: “Is is _really_ ‘too early…’?”

      • Hard to disagree with you.

    • There is no Plan-et B.

  2. Ya mean to tell me that HillBillary is surrounded with guns. This from the woman(?) who said if you are on the FBI watch list you cannot buy a gun. She is currently under investigation by the FBI for selling state secrets to the highest and best bidder.

  3. Mace O'Leary | June 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm | Reply

    ” The activists are coming from across the country with diverse
    ideologies, goals, and solutions. The one commonality among these
    activists is that they are sick of the status quo.” Not sure how he comes to this conclusion; the activists are dispatched specifically to insure that progressive socialist decay continues and expands. The rabble and professional protesters are united in their desire that what remains of western culture and our republic be further eroded until our cities resemble the multicultural dumpsters now found throughout Europe. Our tolerance of ‘protests’ that devolve into wilding and looting only serves to insure that it continues.

  4. Louis Charles | June 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm | Reply

    2 parties? Hahahahahaa. Funny stuff.

  5. Louis Charles | June 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm | Reply

    Watching the GOP and Dems solve America’s problems is like watching the amer

  6. These are ‘professional provocateurs’ they get paid around $15 usd per hour. Of course the ones that actually incite violence get more. billyHillarie is the worst of the worst.

  7. Fredo's Lament | July 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm | Reply

    So 50 million to cleveland and i assume 50 mill to philly, and then both corrupt parties also get 60 million in tax dollars to put on the convention.

    damn its just sad.

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